ECHR finds Turkey guilty of violating rights of sacked civil servant

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday ruled that Turkey violated the rights of a Turkish civil servant, who was dismissed following the 2016 coup attempt, BBC Turkish reported.

The Strasbourg-based court ruled that Turkey violated Hamit Pişkin’s right to a fair trial and respect for his private and family life, it said.

Pişkin, who was sacked from his job at the Ankara Development Agency, a public institution carrying out various activities of public and private bodies, filed an application with the ECHR on July 6, 2018, over his dismissal procedure and subsequent judicial proceedings.

The application with European court followed a refusal of his appeal by Turkey’s Constitutional Court in May 2018.

The ECHR said Pişkin’s appeal had not been adequately heard out, while authorities ignored the evidence presented by the victim and ordered Turkey to pay Pişkin 4,000 euros in damages, BBC Turkish said.

More than 125,000 public employees were dismissed by emergency decree (KHK) in Turkey during a two-year state of emergency after the July 2016 coup attempt, which Ankara blames on the Gülen movement. 

Most dismissed civil servants are accused of links to the now banned movement, a secretive Islamist group once allied to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling party, but many belonged to other opposition groups.

Pişkin’s case is the first filed by a victim of the massive purge following the failed putsch.